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Local Nonprofit Brings a Community Together to Renovate a Shelter
My Girlfriends House, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, has gathered a small army of community women and teenage girls for a Shelter Room Makeover Party designed to help those living in the shelter feel at home.
“It really does take a village,” Executive Director of My Girlfriend’s House, Veronica Eyenga stated. “So when you have women from all walks of life, young and old, privileged and unprivileged, ready to get down and dirty to help someone less fortunate, it’s truly an inspiring story and it’s what our organization encourages.”
While the non-profit organization is known for their diva-like attitudes, this room make over is not going to be an easy undertaking. The female volunteers are rolling up their sleeves and doing complete renovations, including: purchasing new home décor, painting the walls and hanging wall paper, buying new furniture, and more.
“We couldn’t do this alone; can you imagine how damaged our nails would get?” Eyenga laughed. “This was definitely a community effort. We gathered a group of the girls from our mentoring program, their parents, community volunteers, and even corporate businesses to help make this day possible.”
“I’m so pleased to have My Girlfriend’s House come out and uplift the women of our program,” Hyacinth’s Place CEO Urla Barrow said. “They’ve supported us since last year and their reach continues to grow. Many of our residents have been through so much and don’t have a lot to call their own other than the units they were assigned when they first arrived. To have these women come out and work so hard with our residents to decorate these units, making it more like “home” is something they will always cherish.”
The Shelter Room Makeover Party is one of many giveback events hosted by My Girlfriend’s House - an organization built on the foundation of women working together to achieve the greater good and giving back to the community. To get involved with the room makeover or to learn more about My Girlfriend’s House’s community outreach please visit www.mygirlfriendshouse.org.
About My Girlfriend’s House
My Girlfriends House, Inc. is a non-profit organization that works with at-risk middle and high school girls in DC, Maryland and Virginia. The group’s mission is to empower young girls living in poverty to break the cycle and maintain a positive understanding of self-worth, confidence, and professional advancement. This is accomplished through group mentoring, life skills training, and career and academic planning. For more information, visit: http://www.mygirlfriendshouse.org .
About Hyacinth’s Place
Hyacinth’s Place is a 15-unit residential shelter for homeless women and is a stepping stone towards going back to work or finding a vocation, reuniting with family members/children and eventually acquiring their own individual home. Hyacinth’s Place fosters a community where women can focus on their wellness and recovery within a supportive environment;